Beautiful within, handsome without. Subtle colours, oak beams and lovely old pieces: Jane has achieved a seductive combination of comfort and style. A flagstoned hallway and an old rocking horse, ticking clocks, beeswax and fresh flowers speak of a much-loved house. Dinners are superb: meat and game from the Ragley Estate, delicious fruits in season. Bedrooms have a soft, warm elegance and garden views while bathrooms are spotless and welcoming. It’s all wholly delightful and worth a serious detour as is the enchanting garden that flows from one space to another, studded with rare and interesting plants. It is also divided by a wing of the house, so you pass under an open-sided brick and timber barn to cross from one side to the other. Beautiful arrangements of plants in pots and a square, formal pond reveal Jane’s artistic talents. There is always another corner to peek around and plenty of height: a pretty gazebo covered in wisteria, weathered deer-fencing screens, a large pergola the length of one wall. Green-fingered Richard is MD of nearby Hillers, an award-winning fruit farm, café, shop and display garden.